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Fmr. NFL wide receiver dies at 36

Flowers on a casket. (Unsplash)
September 13, 2023

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has died at the age of 36 due to an accident at a construction site.

The unfortunate incident occurred on August 21, and after struggling with complications, Williams was taken off life support at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, according to WIVB News. Williams was reportedly engaged in electrical work when he was struck in the head by a steel beam.

A friend revealed to WIVB that Williams’ condition worsened after the cut on his head became infected. Subsequently, Williams was induced into a coma earlier this month.

“We are saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mike Williams, which has left our organization, his former teammates, and fans with heavy hearts,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said in a statement. “We send our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones as they mourn this tragedy.”

Williams had an impressive football career, including five seasons in the NFL after being a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played mainly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but also played with the Buffalo Bills and briefly appeared on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster.

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Williams’ career statistics stand at 223 catches, 3,089 yards, and 26 touchdowns across more than 60 games. “We are saddened to learn that former Bills Wide Receiver Mike Williams has passed away,” the Buffalo Bills organization shared. “Our deepest condolences are with his friends and family.”

As the sports world pays tribute to Williams, the story remains personal for his immediate family. Tierney Lyle, the mother of Williams’ 8-year-old daughter Mya, told the Tampa Bay Times that the little girl told her father, “I love you, daddy,” at the hospital, receiving a grunting noise in acknowledgment from Williams.

As family, friends, and fans continue to grieve, Mike Williams is remembered not just as an athlete but as a father, a friend, and a human being whose life was tragically cut short.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.